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God's Breakfast : ELEANOR BRASCH - Frank Kuppner

God's Breakfast

ELEANOR BRASCH

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Published: 27th February 2013
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After four long silent years - his last poetic utterance in volume form having been his millennium What? Again? Selected Poems - Frank Kuppner breaks our poetic fast with a major new compendium, effectively three heaped servings in one. Kuppner is renowned as a superior Glaswegian wit and Man of Feeling. The qualities he displays he also imparts. In The Uninvited Guest we encounter Kuppner the Classicist. A new classical world emerges in a strangely edited riot of epigrams - 782 of them, and annotations. Then, in West Aland, a massively important writer and thinker is put firmly, if great-souledly, in his place; the poem is subtitled 'Five Tombeaux for Mr Testoil'. Finally he heaps on our plate a dazzling collection of individual new poems. Such abundance is humbling: it is difficult to describe in advance what is in posse a God's breakfast.

The uninvited guestp. 3
West Aland, or five tombeaux for Mr. Testoil : onep. 107
West Aland, or five tombeaux for Mr. Testoil : twop. 123
West Aland, or five tombeaux for Mr. Testoil : threep. 132
West Aland, or five tombeaux for Mr. Testoil : fourp. 140
West Aland, or five tombeaux for Mr. Testoil : fivep. 147
What else is there? : 120 poems
Preserving the momentp. 157
I had hoped it wouldn't be mep. 157
The inheritorsp. 158
'Who, indeed, wants the stars to contain literary critics?'p. 158
'Something with far too many legs running along the windowsill!p. 158
Passing throughp. 159
Looking east from the David Hume tower, seventh floorp. 160
'A casual glimpse through a curtain. Rain at night.'p. 160
Two moments in the history of Planeggp. 161
Planegger Holzp. 161
Maria Eichp. 162
'So much to do to be here in this one specific foreign room!'p. 162
Looking for the old hunting lodgep. 163
A trip to Starnbergp. 163
'Is that a church-tower bell ringing in the next suburb?'p. 164
A June evening in scharoldtrassep. 164
Busy tram, Lowenbruckep. 165
Wurzburgp. 166
Bismarckstrassep. 166
'I would like to bring that sunlight out of my dreams'p. 167
A Garnethill bedsitp. 167
In Garnethillp. 168
Cutting on impulse through Grant Streetp. 168
In the airp. 168
'In this photograph of you, there is only you and the sky.'p. 169
Over a dancing bunp. 169
A more cautious Icarusp. 170
'A door closed on some floor above us as we were walking'p. 170
Queen's crescentp. 170
Under a raized skyp. 171
'Oh well, at least I should get to see a new restaurant.'p. 171
'The woman who was walking her dog on that football field'p. 172
A routine tremorp. 172
At Sandyford Placep. 172
Kelvin Wayp. 173
Airalap : second from the leftp. 174
Presentp. 175
Lines written on my father's ninetieth birthdayp. 175
Making the most of one's chancesp. 176
The evidencep. 176
Into the same lake twicep. 178
A poem for the final yearp. 179
The eternal flamep. 180
The mystery of creationp. 181
'Created a universe full of beings to praise Him?'p. 182
'I suppose one would prefer it if it were all just a little bit better.'p. 182
A prodigy of naturep. 182
The last wavep. 183
Beginning againp. 184
A new use for an old mapp. 185
An impromptu apocalypsep. 185
Various casual assemblagesp. 186
Annanianap. 187
The historic inner cityp. 188
A reasonably long runp. 189
'Morning. Unsettled light. White pyjama trousers'p. 190
Background musicp. 190
Excelsiorp. 191
'In the second week of February, at last'p. 191
'I admit I am impressed by the arrogance of the sun:'p. 191
'Onto the last page of the calendar yet again.'p. 192
An immensely rare sort of momentp. 192
Next dayp. 192
'Through the door I can see another door.'p. 193
'At the very moment when I thought you might telephone me,'p. 193
A return ticketp. 193
How it seemed to a late contemporaryp. 194
'I can picture exactly the well-lit and loved room'p. 194
'Looking after the house for a friend - (they are in Portugal)'p. 194
'The orange I picked up a week ago in Inverness'p. 194
'Night. I sit in Dundee eating raisins I bought in Glasgow'p. 195
'Night. Throughout the city, they are'p. 195
Not on the schedulep. 195
The canals of Marsp. 196
In the shadowsp. 196
Advice from the wallp. 197
A run of surfacesp. 198
'Walking home from the train station on a rainy, unsure night,'p. 199
West Princes Streetp. 199
Whatever it wasp. 200
'Over thirty years after finally leaving this building'p. 200
The road not not not not not not not takenp. 201
A couple of measured pacesp. 201
Poem found scribbled at the back of an old bookp. 202
On a brief visitp. 203
Actually, it didn'tp. 203
'Blustery showers. Children are hurrying to school through them.'p. 204
'I sit near an open window, reading a play by Pinero.'p. 204
'Wakening up from an unintended afternoon nap in a chair,'p. 205
A prayer, particularly superfluousp. 205
A cosmic footnotep. 205
The greatest poem in the worldp. 206
Four mistranslated sonnetsp. 207
A question of orderp. 209
'Still fairly dark this morning. I stand near the window-'p. 209
A Partick morningp. 210
Over therep. 210
Byres Roadp. 211
The same raverp. 211
A Sonnet in the wrong languagep. 213
A border ballad : the fantasy of the invisible friendp. 213
On his obscure hortp. 215
An ode suitable for almost any literary occasionp. 216
Fatep. 217
Two Japanese temple scenesp. 217
Marine impromptup. 218
Count O'Donnell, I presume?p. 219
They all turned over in their sleepp. 219
The failed reclusep. 219
La Belle Dame Sans Underpantsp. 220
'In a dream, I was talking to a black Norwegian athlete.'p. 220
Yet another dazzling non-coincidencep. 220
'Look! Twenty years on, and that bus-stop where we met'p. 221
'Hello : I am wearing shoes bought in Augsburg'p. 221
Belmont Streetp. 221
Christmas Dayp. 222
From A to Zp. 222
'Suddenly - yes, quite suddenly - almost a decade later,'p. 223
Another poem found scribbled in an old bookp. 223
The tenth symphonyp. 223
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ISBN: 9781857547443
ISBN-10: 1857547446
Series: ELEANOR BRASCH
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 27th February 2013
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 13.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34